• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly until established- weekly or more often in extreme heat. Low water needs, once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 15 to 20 ft. tall and 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 15 to 20 ft. tall and 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Red
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Thin young trees in late winter to early spring, leaving 3-7 main trunks or canopy branches. On older trees, prune only to remove suckers that have emerged from main trunks or ground.Pruning time: late winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Water regularly until established- weekly or more often in extreme heat. Low water needs, once established.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Dynamite® crape myrtle is a product of Carl Whitcom's breeding program, which rather than hybridizing L. indica and L. fauriei, instead focused on evaluating seedlings from an outstanding red cultivar of L. indica, Selections were chosen for mildew resistance, cold hardiness and drought tolerance, and resulted in outstanding new introductions with more vivid colors, longer bloom and in some cases, dark-hued foliage. Two of the most popular are Dynamite® (L. indica 'Whit II'), with bright, true red flowers; and Red Rocket ® (L. indica 'Whit IV'), with extra-large, cherry red trusses.
    Lore:
    It has been noted that prolonged periods of overcast weather can cause red-flowered crape myrtle flowers to fade to white.